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obstinate

[ob-stuh-nit] /ˈɒb stə nɪt/
adjective
1.
firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
2.
characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude; inflexibly persisted in or carried out:
obstinate advocacy of high tariffs.
3.
not easily controlled or overcome:
the obstinate growth of weeds.
4.
not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease.
Origin of obstinate
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin obstinātus (past participle of obstināre to set one's mind on, be determined), equivalent to ob- ob- + -stin-, combining form of stan- (derivative of stāre to stand) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
obstinately, adverb
obstinateness, noun
superobstinate, adjective
superobstinately, adverb
superobstinateness, noun
unobstinate, adjective
unobstinately, adverb
Synonyms
1. mulish, obdurate, unyielding, unbending, intractable, perverse, inflexible, refractory, pertinacious. See stubborn.
Antonyms
1. submissive, tractable.
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  • "She's as obstinate as dad's old mu-el," grunted the disgusted boy.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • When he was obstinate, and insisted on exerting himself, she gave in.

  • And the long upper lip came down over the lower, giving an expression of obstinate resolve to the hard, tanned face.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
  • He is too obstinate; if a man can be too honest, he is too honest.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • There is none but a blind man, and even an obstinate blind man, who can deny the existence of all these different species.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for obstinate

obstinate

/ˈɒbstɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc
2.
self-willed or headstrong
3.
difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistent: an obstinate fever
Derived Forms
obstinately, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre to persist in, from ob- (intensive) + stin-, variant of stare to stand
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Word Origin and History for obstinate
adj.

mid-14c., from Latin obstinatus "resolute, resolved, determined, inflexible, stubborn," past participle of obstinare "persist, stand stubbornly, set one's mind on," from ob "by" (see ob-) + stinare, related to stare "stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Obstinately.

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obstinate in Medicine

obstinate ob·sti·nate (ŏb'stə-nĭt)
adj.

  1. Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, an opinion, or a course of action.

  2. Difficult to alleviate or cure.


ob'sti·nate·ness n.
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